Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Cha Cha Change.

I hung up the phone this morning with the moving specialist from Fancypants University. The date for our big move is set. July 31st. No more Bay Area.

As I dropped the reciever, I began to feel panicked. It's really happening. Finally, it hit me. We're really moving. Through the years, I've ignorantly prided myself on mobility. I always told my wife, "we should live our life so that we can pick up and move whenever we want." I acted as if I would never grow comfortable.

Holy cow, only now do I realize how much I've become a creature of habit. Remember, I've attended the same undergraduate and graduate institution. Accounting for time off, I've lived in Berkeley a total of 12 years!

Have you grown comfortable, in an unhealthy way, with your life? Do you ever wish you could move away and start over?


Blogger Fred said...

In my 23 year corporate career, I moved six times.

My moves were: Miami - Atlanta – Miami – Richmond – London - Tampa. The only city I was happy to leave behind was Miami. We loved each of the other cities. Along the way, we’ve met some great friends and are very happy we got to live in and experience some great areas.

So - I haven’t grown comfortable. I never had the chance!

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said...

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2:58 PM  
Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said...

I was hoping to get comfortable, since I haven't lived in the same apartment for more than one year...well, ever, since I left home for college almost seven years ago.

Since then I've lived in two dorms in Santa Barbara, four apartments in San Diego, a house in Dana Point, and one more apartment in Irvine. I was hoping to be in this apartment for a while, but now my roommate is taking off to be closer to his girlfriend, so I have to move again in August.

I'm so tired of moving...

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said...

Oops...that shoud have been almost six years since I left home for college. 2005-1999 is apparently hard math for me.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I am a person who intensely hates change; I hate moving, I hate changing schools, change terrifies me. I try to compromise...I have lived in the same state for 23 years, but I have moved about 3 times in the past year alone. Although, life works for me here. I love where I am. If it wasn't working I would suck it up and go somewhere else. I hope.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Skewedview said...

Congratulations on your move, I guess?
I am just the opposite. After having grown up in a military home, never spending more than 3 years in any one place, attending a multitude of schools, making tons of friends, but none that I would call "close friends" and seeing relatives only once a year or two, I decided early in my career my chibs would grow up like the Walton children.

Although we have had our monitary challenges from time to time, I don't think I would have changed a thing.

Don't get me wrong, the moving around certainly made us independent adults. It also gave me a great appreciation for what this country has to offer. It's scenic beauty, interesting people and historic places. Even though I doubt I will ever move away from this area, we do love to travel. I have been fortunate enough to see 48 of the contiguous states, Canada, Mexico and the Carribean. Still after wonderful visit, there is no place like home.

Good luck on your new adventure. May success and happiness follow you.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Davydgrey said...

West Coast to East Coast, what a move. Is Texas or Canada next?

6:00 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I've been at the same job for 12 years and the only reason I stay there is that I like the people I work with.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Danilo da Silva said...

I've always moved a lot, I've always had storage boxes around my house. I've never been in one city for more then 6 yrs straight.

I've been back to Brazil for a little over 2yrs now, I'm ready to go back to the US

9:08 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...

19 years. 7 places, each at leat a year at. One a maximum of 5 years at. I've been moving all my life, and I look forward to the next change - when I get out of undergrad. I get restless without moving, and that's one reason I need to find a lifestyle that lets me move... oh, every few years.

Change is good. Movign is good. Suviving is the bestest.

9:28 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Hell YES!

If I could afford it, my house would be a 45 foot sailboat. That way I could move whenever I want, without having to pack! Just untie from the dock or raise the anchor and bail!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Raine said...

I'm, for the most part, comfortable with my steady life, having now moved 4 times for my career.

It will be fun to follow you through these next few months as you and your wife settle in to Boston.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

On a daily basis.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I don't want to move. I'm content with where I'm at. I can barely see moving 30 minutes from where I'm at now to a different part of town. I'm happy, though.

And for your panic attack, inhale slowly through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth. That, or drink some beer.

1:26 AM  
Blogger RT said...

Oh man, I HATE moving! Well, just the packing, carrying, loading and unloading part... otherwise I LOVE it! If it weren't for my responsibilities here, I would have moved away from this ratty little town a long time ago.

The way you said that leaves me wondering, you don't think it's unhealthy to be comfortable, do you? There's nothing wrong with being happy where you are, and there's nothing wrong with having some anxieties about leaving that security behind. You're making a big move Vavoom, but you know it's for the best.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I have moved 5 times in the last 10 years and I hated it every single time. But now that I have the job I have always wanted and finally have a house, I am never moving again. Ever.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Change is a wonderful thing! Not many can handle it! You will have fun and become a better person.

9:53 PM  

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